Reader Mike points me to the ongoing Flyertalk discussion of Citibank’s American Airlines co-branded credit card offers.
While I haven’t tried this myself as it hasn’t been 18 months since signing up for my last American Airlines credit card (conventional wisdom is that’s about how long you need to wait between applications to get the bonus again), discussion starting at post 4,199 in that thread seems to suggest that the ‘two browser trick’ may no longer work.
The practice has been that if you applied for two similar Citibank products at the same time, such as two American Airlines personal credit cards (say, a Visa and an American Express) that you could get approved for both. That way, if using a 50,000 mile signup offer, you could net 100,000 miles.
Several reports over the past few days though suggest that folks are getting approved for one card but not both.
Now, we don’t have definitive knowledge of what’s going on yet. It could be a cluster of random unfortunate data. It could be posters purposely sharing misinformation, something I’ve seen on some Flyertalk ‘deal’ threads in the past months. It could be nothing.
But my inclination is to suspect that this ‘loophole’ has been closed, or is being closed, although it may still be possible to apply for two different cards that are part of different product lines at the same time.
Conventional wisdom may be changing on this one. Developing…